Question of the Day – Tuesday May 15, 2018

Question – Whenever a drowning or near drowning event occurs near a boat what toxicant should health care providers always consider to be at play?

Answer – The cited reference notes “Health-care providers should consider immediate COHb measurements any time a drowning occurs near a boat or boat occupants present with signs and symptoms consistent with CO poisoning.” (Richards RJW et al. Carbon-Monoxide Poisoning Resulting from Exposure to Ski-Boat Exhaust — Georgia, June 2002. MMWR September 20, 2002 / 51(37); 829-830)